Posted: June 1, 2012

The school year may be over, but the echoes of St. Mark’s athletic successes continue to reverberate. At Prize Day on Monday, May 28, VI Formers Eric Dolan and Catherine Moubayed were presented with the School’s highest athletic honor—the Fearing Athletic Prizes. In addition, a brand new endowed award-- the Henry Large Prize for baseball-- was presented. As for team success, this season Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse finished the spring with a 13-3 mark, even better than the previous year’s campaign. Congratulations are also in order to Girls’ Varsity Crew, who gave long-time head coach a wonderful gift: a Silver Medal finish at the annual New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta this past Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond. Most significantly, perhaps, was the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team being honored with the Independent School Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive year.

The Fearing Prizes are awarded to that young man and young woman who best combine athletic ability with good spirit, good team play, and good sportsmanship. Moubayed, from Wilton, CT, played Varsity Field Hockey in the fall, Girls’ Varsity Hockey in the winter, and Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse in the Spring. She was MVP of Field Hockey and an all ISL first-teamer in that sport. She also received the Frey Prize as “that member of the Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey team whose contribution is characterized by sportsmanship and teamwork.” This spring, Catherine was presented with the Girls’ Lacrosse Prize, given “to that player whose efforts, contributions and leadership both on and off the field are deemed most valuable to the girls' lacrosse team.” Dolan, from Hopkinton, MA, played Varsity football in the autumn, Boys’ Varsity Hockey in the winter months, and Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse this past season. Dolan was the Most Improved Player for Varsity football, a stalwart on the playoff-bound 16-9-3 hockey team, and twice MVP of Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse, earning All-ISL honors this spring and last.

Coached by Megan Harlan, this spring’s Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team posted a 13-3 mark. Following last spring’s 11-4 squad, it was the most successful Girls’ Varsity Lax season at St. Mark’s since 2000, when the team went 13-0-1 and were ISL champs. In the 34 years of Girls’ Lacrosse at St. Mark’s, only that 2000 championship team had as many victories as this 2012 squad. Gabby Starkey ’12 was the team’s MVP for the second straight year, while fellow VI Former Catherine Moubayed received the Girls’ Lacrosse Prize. Starkey, Moubayed, and IV Former Mikaela Karlsson won All-ISL First Team recognition, while Hope D’Orsi received All-ISL Honorable Mention. Sophia Millerick ’14 was Most Imptoved, while Teal Gosselin ‘13 and Jessie Mulvey ‘13 will captain next year’s team.

At this year’s New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, the St. Mark’s Girls’ Crew 1st boat won the Silver Medal, capping a tremendous 35-year coaching career for St. Mark’s Senior Master Andy Harris. In Girls’ Crew this year, Heather Piekarz ’12 received the Pollak Crew Scholarship Prize, awarded "in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Charles and Christopher Pollak, Classes of 1999 and 2002, to the crew program at St. Mark's and given to that Sixth Former who best demonstrates the leadership, intensity, and commitment to the sport of rowing that was shown by the Pollak brothers, and is intended as a contribution to college expenses." Maddie Vachris ’13 was recognized as Most Improved.

While winning is a goal of any athletic endeavor, it is not the only goal. Sportsmanship is also celebrated, particularly in the Independent School League, which includes St. Mark’s. Each year, the ISL recognizes one team in each sport for outstanding sportsmanship. This spring, the St. Mark’s Girls' Varsity Tennis team was honored by the ISL for outstanding sportsmanship. This is the third year in a row Coach Behnke’s team has received this award.


Fearing Athletic Prizes “to that young man and young woman who best combine athletic ability with good spirit, good team play, and good sportsmanship” —Catherine Moubayed ’12, Eric Dolan ’12.

Peter M. Coy Prizes "To that Sixth Form male and female athlete who has shown, in more than one varsity sport, surpassing intensity and determination, whose exceptional conditioning andphysical courage, whose desire to excel fegardless of injury or adversity and whose tenacious devotion to the success of his or her teams exemplify the spirit and joy of competition."—Harry Copeland ’12, Gabby Starkey ‘12

William T. White Prizes "To that young man and woman in the Sixth Form, excluding the captain, who is judged by the coaches and captains of all varsity sports, to have made a particular contribution to the success of the season because of their enthusiasm, determination and unselfishness in any varsity sport."—Brett Lawson ’12, Kate Danielson ‘12

Parker Prizes "Proceeds of this fund are to help deserving athletes buy athletic equipment. Financial need is never to be major consideration."—Zach Twitchell ’13, Teal Gosselin ‘13

Dale Fabyan Memorial Prizes " to provide needed athletic equipment to one or more deserving boys (and girls) in the third and fourth forms, who in the opinion of his coaches has demonstrated , through hard play, co-operation and good sportsmanship, those qualities of a happy student life as exemplified by Dale Fabyan.”—Sam Ward ’14, Sophia Millerick ‘14

Henry Nichols Ervin Prize “"Prize given to a member of the lower teams whose play has been characterized by both co-operation and consideration for others."—Drew Ladner ‘15

Manager of the Year Award “given to the manager of any varsity sport who is judged to be the most capable of all the managers."—Ford Abrecht ‘12

Scholar-Athlete Award "must have at least a B average in their Sixth Form year (average calculated at the end of the winter term). Must be a captain of at least one varsity sport, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Athletics Award, and a letter winner of at least two varsity sports in their Sixth Form year; awarded whenever possible by the Head of School, Director of Athletics and Cum Laude representative.”—Jack Dewey ‘12


Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse (13-3)

MVPGabby Starkey ’12

MIPSophia Millerick ‘14

Girls’ Lacrosse Prize (“to that player whose efforts, contributions and leadership both on and off the field are deemed most valuable to the girls' lacrosse team.”)—Catherine Moubayed ‘12

All ISL – Gabby Starkey ‘12, Catherine Moubayed ‘12, and Mikaela Karlsson ‘14

ISL Honorable Mention – Hope D’Orsi ‘14

2012 -2013 Captains – Teal Gosselin ‘13 and Jessie Mulvey ‘13

Girls’ Varsity Crew (5-5; Silver Medals at Dupont Cup Races and 2012 NEIRA Regatta)

MIPMaddie Vachris ‘13

Pollack Prize (“given to that Sixth Former who best demonstrates the leadership, intensity, and commitment to the sport of rowing that was shown by the Pollack brothers”)—Heather Piekarz ‘12

2012 -2013 Captains – Paige Duffy ‘13 and Maddie Vachris ‘13

Varsity Baseball (6-11)

Palmer Baseball Prize (MVP)—Zach Twitchell ‘13

Most ImprovedColton Hiler ‘14

Henry Large Prize (“honoring Mr. Large's four decades of service to the St. Mark's baseball program and is awarded to the varsity baseball player who best embodies Mr. Large’s selfless dedication to the team, superb sportsmanship, and unrelenting willingness to work hard and enthusiastically every day in order to improve both himself and his teammates.")—Andres Valhouli-Farb ‘12

ISL Honorable Mention—Zach Twitchell ’13, Steven Gilbert ’13, and Sean McLaughlin ’14 (who pitched a no-hitter over Brooks this year and was among the top pitchers in strikeouts for the ISL this year)

2012 -2013 Captains – Zach Twitchell ‘13, JT Lynch ‘13, and Steven Gilbert ‘13

Kinnicut Baseball Prize (JV, for "leadership, cheerfulness, playing ability and sportsmanship")—Harry Sullivan ‘12

Varsity Golf (8-12-1)

MVPJames Longley ‘12

MIPGriffin Starkey ‘14

2012-2013 Captain—Michael Pontarelli ‘13

Girls’ Varsity Tennis (6-10, Team ISL Sportsmanship Award for 3rd straight year)

MVP – Gabriella Salerno ‘13

MIP – Kristin Smith ‘15

ISL Honorable Mention – Megan Giblin ‘12

2012 -2013 Captain – Livie Colburn ‘13

Boys’ Varsity Tennis (4-11)

MVPSam Ward ‘14

MIPJack Littlefield ‘14

Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse (3-12)

MVPEric Dolan ’12

MIPBrett Lawson ‘12

Stohn Lacrosse Prize ("to a member of the boys' varsity lacrosse team, excluding the captain, who exemplifies virtues of extraordinary effort and self discipline and who has made an outstanding contribution to the team.")—Alex Santangelo ‘12

All-ISL—Eric Dolan ‘12

ISL Honorable Mention—Charlie Peters ‘12

2012 -2013 Captains – Cam Hickey ‘13 and Roman Fuller ‘13

Boys’ Varsity Crew (3-4)

MIP – Alexander von Campe ‘15

Stockton Prize (“to that member of the boys' or girls' crew who, as judged by the rowing coaches, most embodies the enthusiasm and spirit with Kevin Stockton rowed while at St. Mark's”)– Jack Dewey ‘12

2012 -2013 Captains – Mark Upton ‘13 and Michael Hoffman ‘13

Varsity Softball (0-13)

MVPLindsey Armacost ‘14

MIPChloe Aubuchon ‘13

Team of 2004 Prize (“This award, which honors the St. Mark's ISL Champion Team of 2004, is presented to that member of the varsity softball team who, in the opinion of the coaches, embodies the spirit of the 2004 team through her commitment to the team, enthusiasm for competition and joyful play")—Lindsay Hulley ‘13

2012 -2013 Captains – Lindsay Hulley ‘13, Rebecca Elkinson ‘13, and Natalie Armacost ‘13

WIEDERGOTT AWARD (for best winning percentage, any team)—Girls’ JV Lacrosse .867 (13-2)

Runner-up: Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse .813 (13-3)

to see more 2012 ATHLETIC AWARDS photos, go to the following SM gallery link: